Is it possible to export a pen tool work path from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe After Effects?

I know it's possible to export work paths to Illustrator but I just couldn't find a way to export it to Adobe After Effects.

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Yes, you can copypaste between the applications.

  • how to do that??
    – Mr. Tj
    Jun 4, 2020 at 8:32
  • @Mr.Tj select the vector with the arrow tool press ctrl/option + c to copy then go to AE and paste into a vector object
    – joojaa
    Jun 4, 2020 at 9:01
  • @Mr.Tj Composition editor -> Right Mouse Button click -> New -> Solid... -> Select layer Solid -> Ctrl + V(paste the selected path from Photoshop). This should create a mask on the layer in shape of the path.
    – Artfaith
    Mar 23, 2021 at 8:05

Don't think no. Photoshop don't really do vector, it use "vector like" tools during the work but can't really export in vector files, in After Effect or not. But you can import vector files (like illustrator files) in After effect (will be shape layers).

  • I tried importing the illustrator file to aw but it didn't work it just gave me a black screen in AE but no pen tool workpath
    – Mr. Tj
    Jun 4, 2020 at 8:34

Alright so, I have done some research and found that you can copy from Photoshop, illustrator, or even fireworks and paste in after effects of you need any help maybe try reading this whole article! Thanks for trying to help!

Article: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/creating-shapes-masks.html#copy_a_path_from_illustrator_photoshop_or_fireworks


I figured out how to get around this. you need to make a vector mask from the work path. right-click with a pen tool. a layer must be selected. unfortunately all open paths will be closed


Maybe you want to try importing the .PSD file directly into the After Effects.


1. Photoshop

  1. Ctrl + Mouse to select a path in Photoshop.
  2. Ctrl + C to copy the path to the clipboard

2. After Effects

  1. Select a Composition
  2. Right mouse click on the Composition editor
  3. New -> Shape layer
  4. Shape Layer 1 -> Add -> Path
  5. Select Shape Layer 1 -> Contents -> Path 1 -> Path
  6. Ctrl + V to paste the path to the layer property
  7. Shape Layer 1 -> Add -> Fill to fill the shape with a color

For example:

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